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All Grown Up and No Place to Go: Teenagers in Crisis. Prepared by Keith Warta CI 3920 Dr. Tracy Smith Summer 2004. NEEDED:. A Time to Grow. Golden age Nuclear family -two parent family -romantic love -maternal love Adolescents perceived as immature Protective environment.

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all grown up and no place to go teenagers in crisis

All Grown Up and No Place to Go: Teenagers in Crisis

Prepared by Keith Warta

CI 3920

Dr. Tracy Smith

Summer 2004

needed

NEEDED:

A Time to Grow

family history
Golden age

Nuclear family

-two parent family

-romantic love

-maternal love

Adolescents perceived as immature

Protective environment

Postmodern age

Permeable family

-single parent, etc.

-consensual love

-shared parenting

Adolescents perceived as socially sophisticated

Exposure to many destructive images

Family History
two pathways to identity formation
Two pathways to identity formation
  • Differentiation and integration

-separating out concepts, feelings, and emotions and putting those parts together into a higher ordered whole

  • Substitution

-replacing one set of concepts, feelings, and emotions for another

identity construction by
Differentiation

-strong sense of self

-inner directed

-future oriented

-ability to postpone gratification

Substitution

-patchwork self

-other directed

-present oriented

-less able to postpone gratification

Identity construction by:
the new morbidity
The New Morbidity
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Teenage suicide
  • Teenage gun violence
  • High rates of teenage pregnancy
  • High rates of STD’s
i am the center of the universe
I am the center of the Universe!

“Starting at about the age of eleven or twelve, adolescents develop the ability to think at a higher, more abstract level than they did as children…These new mental abilities bring about a Copernican revolution in the way young people think and feel about themselves, others, and the world in general” (p. 25).

some manifestations of these new intellectual abilities
Some manifestations of these new intellectual abilities
  • Idealism/ Criticalness
  • Argumentativeness
  • Self-Consciousness
  • Speciality/ Invulnerability
manifestations cont
Manifestations, (cont.)
  • Pseudo-Stupidity
  • Hypocrisy
  • Personal religion
puberty and the emotional lightning rod
Pubertyand the Emotional Lightning Rod
  • Adolescents tend to focus all of their developmental anxieties on one feature
  • Interesting fact- Adolescent girls are most satisfied with their body image when they are slightly underweight
  • It is estimated that 75% of girls have at least one symptom of an eating disorder, most often, fad dieting
three important lessons
Three important lessons
  • Exclusion
  • Betrayal
  • Disillusionment
given

Given:

A Premature Adulthood

as if that wasn t enough
As if that wasn’t enough!
  • The stresses on adolescents are compounded by stresses that derive from the postmodern society.
  • The new perception of adolescents as sophisticated has added demands for maturity without giving them the time to attain this maturity
vanishing markers
Vanishing Markers
  • Clothing
  • Activity
  • Information

-the average child or teenager views 1000 murders, rapes and assaults per year on television alone

  • Authority
no place to go
No Place to Go
  • Vanishing markers leave adolescents with no special place of their own in society
  • Vanishing markers also confront teens with stressful new freedoms
what about schools
What about schools?
  • Educational reforms
  • School size
  • Class size
  • Universality
the chore of teaching
The Chore of Teaching
  • When teachers lose their excitement and commitment for their work, their effectiveness as a role model is diminished, or lost
what has taken the joy out of teaching
What has taken the joy out of teaching?
  • Many more students than in the past are troubled, unhappy, and difficult to teach
  • Diversity of curricula, variety of educational reforms, and demands for accountability take time and energy that once went into teaching
  • Salaries have not kept pace with inflation
result

Result

Stress and its Aftermath

stress
Stress
  • A response to an extraordinary demand for adaptation
  • Lack of stress management
three stress situations
Three stress situations
  • Type A- Foreseeable and avoidable
  • Type B- Neither foreseeable or avoidable
  • Type C- Foreseeable yet not avoidable
the patchwork self revisited
The Patchwork Self…Revisited
  • Low self evaluation
  • Mixed bag of values, attitudes, habits, and beliefs
teenage reactions to postmodern stressors
Teenage Reactions to Postmodern Stressors
  • Eating disorders

Anorexia nervosa

Bulimia

  • Alcohol and drug use

Alcohol accounts for 80% of teenage deaths

45-50% violent teenage deaths

400,000 teenage alcoholics

  • Depression
  • Repression/ Denial

PTSD

  • Suicide
  • Violence
helping teenagers cope

Helping Teenagers Cope

Encourage Growth by Integration

parents are the single most powerful nonbiological influence on their children s lives p 241
“Parents are the single most powerful, nonbiological influence on their children’s lives”(p. 241)
what parents can do
What Parents Can Do
  • Inform yourself about child growth and development
  • Be an adult, set limits and boundaries
  • Deal with adolescents on the basis of principle, not emotion
  • Engage in mutual authority, when appropriate
what schools can do
What Schools Can Do
  • Again, be adults, set limits and boundaries
  • Work with individual students when possible
  • Make the last two years of high school more like a junior college
always remember

Always remember

“Even if we can’t do it all, we can do something” (p. 253).

other sources of information on child development and techniques
Other sources of information on Child Development and Techniques
  • Touchpoints by T. Berry Brazelton (1992)
  • Parenting Your Teenager by David Elkind (1994)
services for troubled teens in this area
Services for Troubled Teensin this area

Foothills Mental Health Point of Access

Toll Free

1-866-327-4968

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All Grown Up and No Place to Go: Teenagers in Crisis

Presented by

Keith Warta

Summer 2004

CI 3920

Dr. Tracy Smith

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